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Girls' Night Out at the Masjid
Posted: 28 Safar 1423, 11 May 2002
|Q.) What is the ruling for organizing a night-out for girls in the
masjid. They spend the whole night in the masjid under the supervision of some sisters,
play basketball, do some dhikr, pray tahajjud etc., and leave after fajr.
A.) It is not advisable to organize a night-out in Mosque. In fact the
Holy Qur'an has ordained for the women to remain in their homes to the maximum possible
extent. They are allowed to go out of their homes only for their needs. But it was not
deemed advisable for them even in the days of the Holy Prophet (SAW) to go to the Mosque
to offer prayers. After the Holy Prophet (SAW) Sayedina Umar (R ) has expressly forbidden
women from attending the Jamaat in a Masjid. It was a decision fully endorsed by all the
companions of the Holy Prophet (SAW) and by Sayedina Ayesha (R ). When it is not deemed
fit to go to a Masjid for a short time to offer prayer, how can it be allowed to spend a
full night in the mosque?